These celebration cakes prove that you don’t need to spend a fortune on plastic-wrapped cakes from the store. Vegan baking is very precise, so ensure you get a set of scales as you need to weigh the ingredients accurately, for the recipes to work. You may have heard that oven temperatures and baking times may need to slightly adjust up for higher altitudes, but this only starts at around 3500 feet above sea level.
Vegan Vanilla Layer Cake with Raspberry Jam (Rainbow Plant Life) is tender and buttery, no-one could believe this was plant-based! Layers of fluffy cake sit amid a tangy buttercream frosting and a homemade raspberry jam.
Use vegan butters with no palm oil. Keep these recipes away from pets due to toxic ingredients (grapes, nuts, avocado, dried fruits, nutmeg, fresh dough, chocolate, caffeine, alcohol and xylitol).
Vegan Strawberry Cake (Rainbow Nourishments) is made with oil and coloured naturally with beetroot powder, then topped with fresh strawberries. There is also a gluten-free version of this recipe, if preferred.
Vegan Lemon Lavender Cake (Short Girl, Tall Order) is a delicious cake with eggless lemon curd and a dairy-free lavender frosting. The whole cake is then frosted and topped with dried lemons and dried edible lavender.
Vegan Funfetti Cake (Crowded Kitchen) is a fluffy gluten-free cake that’s perfect for special days. It’s very easy to make, and has 3 stunning layers, topped with a rich vegan vanilla buttercream frosting. You can top with homemade natural sprinkles dyed with beetroot, carrot, red cabbage, baby spinach or turmeric, depending on the colours preferred.
Lemon & Poppyseed Layer Cake (Rainbow Plant Life) is delightful, with a proper pot of English breakfast tea. It features three layers: a poppyseed cake, a blackberry ginger jam and a plant-based cream cheese frosting.
The cake itself is made with plant milk and olive oil, so you don’t even need any vegan butters. The jam is homemade, although you could cheat and just use a good organic artisan storebought jam. The frosting is made with palm-oil-free vegan butter and vegan cream cheese, flavoured with pure vanilla and lemon zest, and finished with powdered sugar (Suma is a good egg-free brand).
Vegan Raspberry Layer Cake (Addicted to Dates) is a fluffy cake made with raspberry Swiss vegan buttercream and a dark chocolate ganache glaze. The cake is made with olive oil over butter and a vegan buttermilk made by curdling soy milk with apple cider vinegar. The ganache contains coconut milk, so choose a brand guaranteed not to be harvested by monkey slaves (Biona and Nature’s Charm are good).
Luxury Vegan Cake Delivery in London
If you live in London, check out Ruby’s of London. This luxury bakery delivers city-wide a wide variety of vegan cupcakes, all made with natural ingredients and no palm oil (along with cakes, donuts and other goodies). From rose petal to sprinkles to chocolate, there are also pick-n-mix and selection boxes, which make the ideal gift for a special occasion.